Hiking Gunstock Mountain in Gilford NH – Views of Lake Winnipesaukee

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Gunstock Mountain is an awesome ski destination in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. It features incredible views of Lake Winnipesaukee, the Ossipee Range and even Mount Washington. If you are looking for some fantastic views in a quick ascent, this is a great option.

Distance: 2.2 Miles Round Trip (1.77 km)
Height: 2,245 feet (684 meters)
Elevation Gain: 1,140 feet (347 meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2 hours

Trails

Gunstock Mountain Trail – 2.2 Miles round Trip – 1,148 Feet Elevation Gain

There are various ways to summit Gunstock, but the most popular and direct route to the summit is the Gunstock Mountain Trail located on Carriage Road in Gilford.

The Gunstock Mountain trail trailhead is located off of Carriage Road in Gilford (directions below), while the brook trail is located at Gunstock Mountain Ski Resort Parking lot.

Other routes include the Brook Trail, the overlook trail, and the ridge trail from Mount Rowe.

Brook Trail – 3.2 Miles Round Trip – 1,270 Feet Elevation Gain

This route begins at the Gunstock Mountain ski area parking and heads up near ski trails and does cross a few. This is an awesome route that features views on the way up, as well as at the summit.

Trail Map

Gunstock Hiking Trail Map

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Belknap Range Trail Maps

Alternate Routes

Hikers may also choose to hike Mount Rowe with Gunstock in a 4.7 mile loops.

Directions

To Gunstock Mountain Trailhead

To Brook Trail

Weather Forecast

Laconia, NH

Overnight
Partly cloudy, with a low around 48. Northwest wind 0 to 5 mph.

Monday
A slight chance of rain showers between 11am and noon, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. West wind 0 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. Southwest wind 0 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday
Partly sunny, with a high near 72. West wind around 5 mph.

Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Wednesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 56.

Gunstock Mountain Summit

Photos Courtesy of Gunnar Stecher

Max DesMarais
Max DesMarais

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